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Obama: “I actually believe in redistribution.”

Karl Marx and Obama

In 2008 he told Joe the Plummer that we needed to “spread the wealth around” while this year he’s called for “shared prosperity.” It all boils down to what is at his core and it has been there all along for quite some time…

Karl Marx with Barack Obama in an undated photo

At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama spoke against “propaganda” that said government doesn’t work and the need to “pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution.”

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3 Responses to “Obama: “I actually believe in redistribution.””

  1. matt k.

    Let’s stop this fear-inducing, sky’s-falling, oversimplied attack of “retribution”. Do all Republicans oppose ‘retribution’, period? Yeah? REALLY? Gimme a break. Here’s a simple truth about our American republic– governments at all level take a portion of your money through taxes/fees/etc., and through budgeting/resource allocation, the government moves money around. NOT a relevation here, folks.
    From what I understand, some of MY tax dollars have been used to pay for our military, including the post-911 war on Iraq, and some of my tax dollars went to pay Haliburton’s bills. Some of my tax dollars are used to pay for interstate highways in state I DON’T EVEN DRIVE IN! Some of my tax dollars are used for health care provided to memebers of Congress! Arguably, by taxing investment income at a lower rate that the higher marginal rates for income tax, there is some redistribution in favor of wealthier Americans! It’s true! I’ve heard Republicans for decades talking about this! What the heck is going on here?!?! It seems that this retribution-utopia Obama so secretly craves has BEEN happening for hundreds of years, right under our noses.
    Finally, in the spirit of Mitt Romney’s call to “release the whole tape” [which oddly, Mother Jones in fact released the whole tape], I challenge you to release the whole tape here so we can see context (though I’m ot sure how good the sound-quality is b/c Obama made these remarks 14 years ago, in the early days of digital recordings. Specifically, how about the part where Obama QUALIFIES his statements as retribution “at least at a certain level”– why not add that part? Gosh, it’d make Obama (14 years ago) sound like he had limits on retribution, which undercuts the Repub oversimplied & misleading tagline of “Obama believes in redistribution”.

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